About Us

Who we are:
Rina Binder-Macleod and Kristofer Thompson
What we are doing:
Biking across the USA, from Delaware to California.
Why we are doing it:
1. Fun!
2. To learn about bicycle friendly communities then bring what we learn back to UD to become "bicycle ambassadors" and promote bicycle use.
3. Fun?
Last summer we worked in Guatemala for 3 months as volunteer trekking guides for an amazing organization called "Quetzaltrekkers. "
The money we raised from the hikes funded 85% of the operating budget for a school EDELAC, or Escuela de la Calle, for 220 children.
If that wasn't enough, we also provided 100% of the funding for the orphanage "The Hogar Abierto (Open Home)" for 17 kids!
We love these kids to death, so we are dedicating our bike trip to them
Me (Rina) and Wilson on the trek to Lago Atitlan
The girls hanging out after dinner at the Quetzaltrekker's Office
We would be so grateful if you could support us in our effort to "Bike for the Kids", to provide support for the kids
of the "Open Home",
The Hogar Abierto.
To Donate: (this is a semi-complicated process because it is difficult to send money out of the country even to a 501(c)3 non-profit so QT uses Omprakash to help facilitate the donation process)
You can make a tax-free donation through Omprakash.
Please select Quetzaltrekkers from the drop down menu to earmark your donation (very important).
In addition, we will be tracking the money raised through our bike trip. If you choose to donate, please e-mail bikeforthekids@gmail.com with your name and the amount donated so we can track our progress for the kids!
Thank you for your support!
Kris and Rina

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Salida- bike friendly town

We stopped in Salida, CO for our "vacation" from the bikes. This town is full of cyclists of all ages! It is a common sight to see the bike racks outside the stores on the main street full of bikes! The Main St has the same feeling as downtown Newark, so I feel like we can learn from Salida. The town of Salida facilitates biking by marking county roads as "bike routes" and by having well signed bike paths. The more we bike, the more I realize how importantant is to have the bike info well signed. I definately think we should add more signs in Newark as well as painting bike symbols on the roads, I have seen these in action and they seem to be very effective! In addittion, both Salida and Newark have easily accessible mountain biking trails. I think we could try to inform students and the Newark community of these recreational trails to get them outside and having  fun!
In addition, Salida has consignment shops for outdoor gear and bikes which makes these activities more affordable. UD or Newark could look into something like this...

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